According to NFL Network, Paxton Lynch, who could potentially go in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, drew the New Orleans Saints to his pro day.
According to some, Paxton Lynch is considered the top quarterback in the incoming rookie class, often finding himself in the mix with California’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. While there will always be mixed opinions about who’s better, Lynch is still a top prospect in the draft and drawing interest from plenty of teams around the NFL.
At 6-foot-7, 244 pounds, Paxton Lynch possesses towering height with an athletic frame, giving him the ability to read the field over his blockers and making it easier to find the open man. It’s a luxury Saints quarterback Drew Brees (6’0) has had to live without, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing elite numbers year after year.
Like Brees, Paxton Lynch is excellent in the pocket thanks to great awareness and footwork, which give him the ability to maneuver around and out of the pocket as a productive scrambler. Most importantly, he protects the football, tossing just four interceptions in 2015.
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Great size and awareness to go along with leadership qualities and a strong arm make Lynch an intriguing prospect and potential franchise player. However, are the New Orleans Saints really going to draft a quarterback after having just took one a season prior in Garrett Grayson?
Visits, workouts, and pro day scouting can be interpreted however you want, but the Saints have bigger holes to fill on both sides of the football. And for now, Drew Brees, who’s reportedly working on a multi-year extension (still up in the air) to stay in New Orleans and finish his career, is the man down on the bayou. Remember, the Saints will be meeting with countless prospects in the approaching weeks — they can only draft six.
And Paxton Lynch, who shined at a windy Memphis pro day, is still not worth a Saints pick, whether it comes via trade down in the first round or in the second. There are just too many other obligations at the moment. That’s no knock on Lynch — he’s an outstanding young quarterback. But bulking up on as much defensive talent, while adding a guard and maybe a receiver is the route New Orleans is expected to take.